The Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal is used to fund the many ministries of Bishop Gainer in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Each parish is assessed an amount to be paid to the diocese depending based on the size of the parish and our previous fiscal year’s income. We are the third largest parish in the diocese and last year, if you remember correctly, we had a good year from a financial standpoint. Because of that, our assessment for the Lenten Appeal is large: $264,300. But I know we can make it if we are all in this together! (Part of my job as pastor is to be a cheerleader for all the things we have to do! Rah! Rah!)
For the past couple of years, I have been making a special plea to those who have not given to the Lenten Appeal. That plea is especially important this year. We cannot expect the same people to do the lion’s share of the work of the Church year after year after year. Please be generous this year! Do what you can. Pledge something. Be part of the team. All this goes to doing great work in bringing the Kingdom of God into our little part of the world here in the Diocese of Harrisburg. God bless!
February is National American Heart Month. One aspect of heart awareness and health is your blood pressure.
Effects of high blood pressure:
High blood pressure can damage your health in many ways. It can seriously hurt important organs like your kidneys, heart and brain. Fortunately you can control your blood pressure to lower your risk for serious health problems.
Controlling High Blood Pressure: You can make changes to your lifestyle that will help you control your blood pressure. Your doctor might prescribe medications that can help you. By controlling your blood pressure, you will lower your risk for the harmful effects of high blood pressure.
First Friday Adoration: Notice of Change
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will take place on March 2, 2018 in the Chapel of the Parish Center following the 9:00 am Mass. Benediction will be at 5:00 pm due to the Lenten season and Stations of the Cross taking place at 7:00 pm in the Church. April’s First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will resume the new schedule of Benediction at 7:00 pm.
We have begun the great Season of Lent. Lent is a time for spiritual renewal, of conversion, of intensifying our spiritual practices. The fasting and abstaining that the Church requires is a reminder that this a special time in the life of the Christian. Discipline is the key. Of course, if the things we give up or do in Lent is just a matter of human willpower, we really have missed the point. It is God who begins all good things in us and brings them to completion. The discipline we need is to hear the Word of God in our lives, to learn how to be humble, and to put our trust in the Lord’s power and grace to transform our lives. The spiritual practices we do are all means to the end of having a deeper faith and trust in the Lord. Have a good and holy Lent!
Tomorrow, February 14th is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent! Our parish Mass schedule is: 6:45am, 9:00 am, 7:00 pm.
If you have not read the statement from the Bishop regarding the Ash Wednesday Obligation, you can read it here.
A meeting to begin planning this year's Vacation Bible School will take place in the school library at 11:30am on Feb. 11. Please come and share your ideas!
VBS is June 25-29, 2018!
Due to weather conditions, the Parish Office is closed and all activities are cancelled for Wednesday, February 7.
Due to weather conditions, the Parish Office is closed and all activities are cancelled for Monday, February 5.
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